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Superintendent's Corner - October 2019


Posted Date: 10/08/2019

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On September 4th and 11th our board of education met with the administrators and directors in the district for “board retreat meeting” evenings to discuss future plans and the direction of the school district. We talked about what we want to see from our graduates after their years of public education in Burlington, positives and challenges in the district, and professional development for our staff.  Our building facilities were also a focal point of our meetings.  We went through all of the buildings to see the improvements that have occurred this past school year and over the summer.  A big part of our discussions focus on making sure we are taking care of our facilities so we utilize tax payer money wisely.  I want to share with you some upcoming projects we are looking at in the district and the reasons we are looking to do these projects. 

  1. Renovation of the 1st grade classroom hallway at BES—This area was built in 1959.  We have plumbing, electrical, and HVAC issues with this part of the building that need attention.  It is important that we bring this area up to modern day standards for our students and staff.  We will not know about the cost of this project until we receive bids, but we anticipate about $450,000.  
  2. BHS Phase 3 Roof Replacement—This has been an ongoing process as phase 1 was done about 7 years ago.  Phase 2 was done in the summer of 2016.  This third phase will complete the BHS roofing needs, except for the roof over the wrestling gym.  The wrestling gym was done in 2007 when this was added on to the building, and it does not need replaced at this time.  We will not know about the cost of this project until we receive bids, but we anticipate about $700,000.  SIDE NOTE—We will most likely have another roofing project at BMS in the summer of 2021. 
  3. New restrooms at the BHS softball/baseball fields—This project may/may not get done in the next 12 months depending on costs for the first two projects listed as well as other expenses throughout the district as the year goes on.  Currently we have “porta potties” at these fields.  We believe new restrooms will be beneficial at baseball and softball games as well as during track and football games that we host for BMS and BHS. 

The board of education and I have received so many positive complements from the public on our improved facilities in the district, especially the new science rooms at BHS and BMS as well as the BHS gym renovation.  Our people have pride in everything associated with Burlington.  Having excellent facilities helps bring families to our community and school system.  We can attract good teachers that contribute positively to our students and staff. 

If you ever have any questions, please feel free to contact me at cmarshall@usd244ks.org or call me at 620-364-8478  EXT. 3040. 

GO CATS!
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